The light have just announced the release date of their New single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, out March 21st 2019
The Light features the powerful and passionate vocals of Irish singer Alec Noonan, while writer Clive Williams paints real life pictures of love, hope, compassion and truth that reveal the plight of everyday folk in the modern world through his songwriting.
In new Radio Single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, not only does Clive capture the emotion of falling in love but one of the beautiful natural trails of the Wild Atlantic Way in Irelands West coast woven like a tapestry into the lyrics of the song.
..anyone who has been to the stunning West of Ireland, will vouch for its beauty and splendour, its charm and capacity to make you fall in love with its scenic advances.
This debut single from Clive and Alec, is Clive’s journey of an enticing story of how love drew him across the sea from England to Ireland to be with his beautiful partner on the romantic wild west coast of Ireland. An instant folk/pop classic it will soon be part of many a wedding and celebration.
There will be music, acts and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.
Why? Because KnockanStockan is more than just a festival:
It is the best place to go to find New Music
The setting: a breath-taking site overlooking the Blessington Lakes.
After great anticipation, KnockanStockan returns for 2019. With heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”, an impressive first line-up announcement sets the bar high. A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, this first announcement presents the beginning of an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and international artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes:
Just Mustard | Bicurious | Joshua Burnside | Cherym | The Pale | BOUTS | Kitt Philippa | PowPig | Shookrah | Luka Palm | THUMPER | Dead Label | Silverbacks | Junior Brother | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Hot Cops | Paddy Dennehy | Soft Boy DJs | LemonCello | Words That Burn | KNEECAP | Cooks But We’re Chefs | TPM | Kean Kavanagh | Nealo | Rowan | Hatchlings | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Ailie | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | Synk
A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms.
Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.
Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019, is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired venue. Inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, which works in harmony with the beautiful backdrop of KnockanStockan at the lakes of Blessington. Guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.
A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award.
Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:
5-Piece Pop band Lavengro hailing from Derry City, Northern Ireland, announce the release of their -hotly tipped ‘best songs of 2019’- brand new single ‘Live For The Weekend’. With instant hooks that call for the repeat button, their new single is the follow up to commercially successful track ‘Think’ which was one of the most played Irish songs on Radio in 2018. 2FM hailed it as one of their most played Irish songs of 2018, iRadio & Today FM also made the boys their Homegrown Heroes & PlayIrish Artist of the week. It also stayed in the top 100 Irish Airplay Charts for 11 weeks, peaking at #25 and also made it onto the Irish iTunes Top 100 Charts, Spotify Viral 50 Ireland, Ireland Shazam Charts top 50 – to name a few! Their new single is punchier, catchier and will have the same effect: Press Repeat>>>> PLAY.
The childhood friends formed the group in 2015 all at the age of 18 with one ultimate goal in mind; to be one of the top bands to ever come out of Ireland. The boys make songs that are punchy, catchy and powerful. Songs that really hit you in the feels but also make you want to dance. After just 2 years, the band were slowly making their dream a reality with the success of their single, “Think”. 2019 marks an enterprising next step with the release of ‘Live For The Weekend’ penned for March 22nd.
Lavengro had a busy summer in 2018, selling out their own headline shows at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland and The Nerve Centre, Derry while being invited to Irish radio stations across the country for interviews and to perform live at RTE2FMs famous Studio 8 Sessions. The lads are no strangers to big festival stages, performing on Main Stage at SunflowerFest, Electric Picnic & Sea Sessions as well as playing support to Hudson Taylor in their hometown in yet another sold out event.
An ode to the troubadours journey of creative expression and the trials and tribulations that follow.
‘Hope Will See Me Through’ – OUT March 8th 2019
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album ‘Return to the Sea’ (See here for album pr notes: http://wp.me/pfSbW-1vf) and single ‘Hope Will See Me Through’.
From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, March 8th in Ireland, to accompany the release, a truly stunning, honest song…
Says Áine of her new single“What you see on social media or at gigs rarely reflects what independent artists are doing day in and day out. It is a massive battle to bring any piece of art into the noisy world we live in independently. What I have found helps, is those cups of tea with friends who are doing the same thing, the little messages here and there, or a little word of encouragement from a stranger along the way.
Another song writing friend had told me in one of these exchanges to hang on for good news through the ups and downs of it all and this little piece of advice, I always come back to. A little thought of hope and holding on is never far from my mind so it is quite natural “Hope Will See Me Through” would find its way out of me. It is one of those rare songs that came through as a little mantra and is in tact in the same way as it was at that time I needed to say it to myself.
Creative living is just a reflection of being human, so this little song has come in handy in more than just my career. This little light of hope in a song has helped me through the passing of a dear friend, motherhood, and homesickness. To be human is to need hope. I hope this song becomes a little hug to anyone going through something tough or for anyone trying to bring their creative thing out into the world too. We need you and your art”.
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album. From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, ‘Return to the Sea’ on March 8th in Ireland.
‘Return to the Sea’ is a treasure-trove of contemporary narratives and musical sojourns with a solid respect for tradition, collectively fused with a passion for adventure and travelling to new lands, both real, and musical. In true Tyrrell style, recording her second album was anything but usual. In 2017 Tyrrell returned to her homeland of Ireland, to the places and the people that made her the woman she is today.
Harnessing the energy and emotion of her travels, Tyrrell joined forces with long-time producer Mark Stanley once again and explored lounge rooms, front bars, old churches, and remote islands across her Irish homeland recording and mastering in all of the nooks and crannies’ that would adapt to her portable recording studio. While recorded in Ireland, this 10-track album still carries the sand of Tyrrell’s adopted home as it was mastered and crowdfunded with one boot in the Australian red dirt.
‘Return to the Sea’ is a passionate journey as it draws from a number of styles and influences. Certainly, the traditional Irish folk is in her blood, but so too are elements of soul and rock ‘n’ roll, entwined within her lyrical testaments. Her unwavering passion for justice and integrity has led to her supporting current Women’s Rights and Indigenous Rights issues through performances, social media campaigning, song writing and public speaking engagements.
“‘Return to The Sea’ is about standing in power, owning your own skin and making sense of the shared responsibility we have as humans. The album embraces stories that have inspired me to do more than just sit and hope for change.” Said Tyrrell of the album.
“It is my call to arms. Many observations between Australia and Ireland are scattered through the tracks, but the one common thread is that together we rise in strength when one human experience can mirror and then shape our collective understanding and action.”
While the new music retains a connection with her traditional folk roots, it also finds Áine branching out – finding new sounds and a new way to tell her stories. Never one to shy away from spilling blood onto paper, her long time creative partner in crime, producer, Mark Stanley is at the production helms here, both a united force of nature on the album.
“Hope will see me Through’ is the lead single from the new album.
Other artist’s in the top 10 today on iTunes chart include:
and Ava Max
Listen to it here>>>
After a successful 2018 Sean and Conor Price have plenty of new music to bring to their fans in 2019. They have been working extremely hard in studio and recording. And are now ready to cause a storm through the music scene.
They released their mini album ‘Dreamer’ in late 2019, which hit the charts and went straight in at #8 in the TOP 10 Irish National Charts. Sandwiched between the likes of George Ezra, Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa, they were the only Independent act to get in the Top charts that week!
Today, Friday Feb 8th, ‘STORM’ landed straight in at #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in good company with Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Ava Max.
They have been working with producers and writers in London, Stockholm and Dublin. On the Single ‘Storm’, Sean and Conor have teamed up with Wild Youth band member Conor O’Donohoe to co-write the track.
“Storm is a youthful pop song about a girl who is exciting but you know she is bad news, just like a Storm”
Sean and Conor will also be very busy with their 13 date 2019 Tour starting in Kilkenny on February 26th. They will play the Olympia Theatre Dublin on June 29th.
Critically acclaimed singer songwriter from Northern Ireland, Sonja Sleator, announces brand new Single : ‘GOODBYE’ March 1st and EP: ‘VIOLENT STRAWBERRY’ April 5th
+ Upcoming gigs:
6 Feb – McHugh’s Belfast – supporting Another Sky – info
15 March – Sin É Dublin – supporting Daniel John Paxton
Sonja Sleator has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. Her story driven songs are making her one to watch in the Irish music scene and have led to appearances on local radio, television and at festivals including Hard Working Class Heroes. Sonja has performed across the UK and Ireland, most notably in London’s On’t Sofa Sessions. Outside the UK, she has performed in Nashville, New Orleans and San Francisco, including an appearance on the famous Norm’s Rare Guitars YouTube channel.
Her EP, ADAMS, released in 2017, was described as “one of the best releases of the year” by Dublin 98FM’s John Barker. Lead single, Calla, received radio play on Dublin 98FM, Near FM Sessions, Downtown Radio and Q Radio.
In 2018, Sonja released Ghost, the first single off a new EP titled Violent Strawberry. It achieved airplay across three continents, and was used by festival organisers to promote her performance at Hard Working Class Heroes.
In 2019, Sonja will release her third EP, ‘Violent Strawberry’. The four track EP was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Michael Mormecha at Milbank Studios in Lisburn.
“Bringing back guitar music to the masses, to the mainstream, to where it belongs”
MUSIC VIDEO just unveiled:
Skyfever are a rock band from Ireland who are breaking through in a big way, with their music being selected for play in a number of famous sports stadiums. Their infectious rock music has filled the stadiums of Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, the Tennessee Titans, the world famous New York Yankees and also at the Carolina Panthers 75,000 seater Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. With this band, rock finds it rightful home!
Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is a fan, and last year he endorsed the band by not only playing their track, The Returning, to listeners of his worldwide-syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, but also by personally sharing their track on social media and praising their talent. In fact, radio stations across the USA have recognised Skyfever and they have been played on stations from Philadelphia (WCLH) to Chicago (WZRD) to Nashville, Tennessee (Under the Gun Radio).
Well known for their blistering live set and with the release of the 2018 EP, Rear View Mirror, the band were nominated for Irish Band of The Year by Pure M Magazine, seen alongside names such as Picture This, The King Kong Company and The Coronas, with Radio Nova describing their single, Sunny Days, as the “anthem of Ireland’s summer”
The UK has got behind Skyfever too, with Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio) playing their music and the renowned Fred Perry Subculture website name-checking them alongside Otherkin, Heathers and Squarehead as ‘Top 20 Dublin Bands to Watch’.
Skyfever are Luke Lang on vocals, Brian Clarke on guitar/sounds, Tyson Harding on guitar, Ciaran O’Brien on bass and Karl Hand on drums.
‘The 14 tracks effort boast plenty of Killers-esque New Wave rockers, but also show Keuning indulging a long simmering fascination with electronic sounds, keyboards and drums.’– Rolling Stone Magazine
Keuning, founding member and guitarist from The Killers announces the release of his new single ‘Boat Accident’, taken from Keuning’s debut album Prismism (released January 25th on Thirty Tigers).
Listen to ‘Boat Accident’ HERE
‘Boat Accident’ is a combination of infectious guitars and ethereal synths creating a contagious sound which resonates with the listener long after the song has come to a close. The track follows his debut solo song, ‘Restless Legs’, and title track, ‘Prismism’.
Prismism is the result, a collection of 14 tracks – with all the instruments, save some drum parts, played by Keuning himself – which, like the title says, sees things from all sides, focusing on details without missing the big picture. The album examines our basic relationships and interactions, with family, friends and co-workers, how one can feel trapped by their surroundings, as well as those that rely on them, emotionally and/or professionally. The album is inspired by the very thing that brought him here in the first place – the music.
“The lyrics speak for themselves,” Dave says of the first single. “’Got restless legs/And a restless heart,’ that’s just what came pouring out of me. It was all I could think of… No other subjects came to mind. It was all I had. The beauty of the words is they’re open-ended enough that you can relate them to your own situation.
More than 17 years have passed since Iowa transplant Dave Keuning placed an ad in the local Las Vegas Weekly looking to form a band, mentioning Oasis as one of his faves. An eager 20-year-old named Brandon Flowers, who shared Keuning’s love of groups like New Order and the Cure, answered it, only to have Dave promptly hand him a TASCAM-recorded four-track demo of “Mr. Brightside.” The result was the formation of The Killers, who have released five consecutive chart-topping albums and toured the world thanks to a songwriting partnership which molded such hits as “Somebody Told Me,” “When You Were Young,” “Read My Mind,” “A Dustland Fairy Tale,” “The World We Live In” and “Spaceman,” among others.
“Brandon was definitely the best one to respond,” laughs Keuning, who, while still officially a member of The Killers, hasn’t been a part of the touring band since performing with them at Lollapalooza in Chicago last August, choosing not to follow the group for the Wonderful, Wonderful World Tour which ended this past September. “That decision was one of the hardest I’ve had to make in my whole life,” admits Dave. “On the other hand, I knew I just couldn’t do that amount of touring, nor ask them to cut down on the dates.”
Daytona Rose who hails from Dublin, Ireland but resides in NYC has just announced her brand new single ‘Done Up’.
‘A catchy pop anthem for girls. It’s that feel good song you play after a break up, all about girl power’
From a young age it was evident that she loved to sing, from performing at a wedding at the age of 4 when she was flower-girl to performing solo a few years later at the the Late Late Toy Show with the National Choir.
A trained classical pianist completing all of her grades through the Royal Irish Academy of music, Daytona went on to attend the infamous Rock College in Ballyfermot, Dublin. There she learned to write songs and hone her performance craft.
Unsurprisingly, she was then chosen to do an exchange program in The Pop Academy, Hammelburg, Germany. Which set the precipice for an International music journey which would see her travel all over the world developing her music including Dubai, LA, London and where she currently resides – New York City.
For many aspiring artists alike, New York is the place to be, and it was in New York where she started recording and collaborating with some big writers such as Kevin Mc Call who is behind Chris Brown -Deuces / Stripped, Lil Eddie who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Autumn Rowe who is a vocal coach on the USA X Factor & Americas Got Talent.
Daytona was keen to share her recent Instant Grat track last December, to her followers! It is called ‘Don’t Say Too Much’ and touches on the pop sensibilities of most of her musical peers such as Rita Ora, Jess Glyne, Little Mix, Anne Marie and Bebe Rexha and can be streamed here:
‘Done Up’ follows the instant grat and is released in Feb 22nd. In Spring 2019 Daytona will release her debut EP.
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